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Delight and disappointment in the team final at the Agria FEI Jumping World Championship 2022, part two

Saturday, 13 August 2022
ECCO FEI World Championships 2022

Jens Fredricson sums up how we felt during Friday night’s team final at the Agria FEI Jumping World Championship in Herning, Denmark, which was so intense that there was hardly time to breath. With medals and Olympic qualification at stake, it was always going to be a hard-fought battle in Herning, but no one would probably have expected it to get as close as it did. 

As third out on the Swedish team with Markan Cosmopolit, Fredricson secured the gold for Sweden with nine riders still to go. “Tonight he was relaxed, with a lot of power, so it was an easy ride,” Fredricson said about his round with Markan Cosmopolit. “I was a bit lucky on the last fence, but you always need a bit of luck. And the time was tight; it was not impossible, but you had to think about it the whole way and not do extra strides anywhere. That puts extra pressure, to have a balance with a high speed and all these turns. I think it was a great course.”

Here we look back at the action from Friday night’s competition, that had absolutely all the feels! 

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. 

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Marcus Ehning made sure to be there for Andre Thieme who had a hard night at work for Team Germany when parting ways with DSP Chakaria.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ The look on Julien Epaillard's face says it all. He came into last night's team final sitting in silver position with the French team, and holding the lead individually with Caracole de La Roque, but things fell apart for Henk Nooren's men and they dropped down to finish 6th. Like so many others, Epaillard got in trouble at the triple combination, finishing on eight faults.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Things just did not go Switzerland's way last night. As last to go for the Swiss team, Steve Guerdat had the chance to secure Olympic qualification for his team if he would be able to jump a clear round...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ ...but a brick on the wall came in his way, and later also a plank on the upright at four.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Scott Brash did definitely not have the round he hoped for, and had two rails down, one of which came in the infamous triple combination. "I am disappointed with our round tonight, Jefferson was too tense. I did not get the best warm-up, it was quite hectic and I feel like it did not help – it shone through to the round. But I am delighted with the lads, they pulled it out the bag; Joe did an amazing round tonight, Harry was absolutely amazing and Ben always delivers. Thankfully, they were on my team tonight," Brash said.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ He did it again: Harrie Smolders secured the silver for the Dutch with a clear round on Monaco N.O.P.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ It was not to be for the Germans, who fell down from their overnight bronze position to finish 5th. Nevertheless, they bagged that important Olympic qualification.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ As last in the ring for Sweden, it could have been a real demonstration of power from Peder Fredricson and H&M All In, who also had the opportunity to go into the lead individually. However, even this experienced, multi-medallist couple struggled tonight over Louis Konickx's course to end up on twelve faults and as the Swedish discharge score – also sliding down on the individual standings, all the way from third to 27th.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Hugs and smiles on the British team as Christian Ahlmann's four faults for Germany handed the bronze to the Brits.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Super-star Monaco with his owner Jennifer Gates and groom Pezzim Tamiles.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ A kiss for Markan Cosmopolit from Alice Hjalmarsson.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Germany's Andre Thieme getting a word of encouragement after his fall.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Manuel Fernandez Saro and Joe Stockdale.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Thumbs up from Scott Brash's super-groom David Honnet after a team bronze for Hello Jefferson.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ So close, but yet so far away... The Irish jumped themselves up to fourth place and came so close to the bronze with only 0.49 penalty points separating them from Great Britain. With their fourth place, the Irish earned themselves one of five tickets for Paris though.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ In showjumping there are so many ups and downs, and you need a strong mind to deal with it all. Here Belgium's Nicola Philippaerts who was maximum unlucky to have a rail on the last fence two days in a row. The Belgians finished 7th, missing out on a medal and Olympic qualification.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ The Swedes had a good day at the office and could add yet another gold medal to their continuously expanding collection.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ All smiles! With a short drive to Denmark for the Swedish fans, it was almost like competing on home soil for Henrik von Eckermann, Malin Baryard-Johnsson as well as Jens and Peder Fredricson.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ That winning feeling!

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Caption this...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ The Brits jumped themselves up from sitting 6th ahead of the team final to finish with bronze.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Marc Houtzager came to celebrate his colleagues and friends...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ ...who had a good laugh when they saw he had already started the party.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Jur Vrieling had his hands full during the lap of honour.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Mixed feelings... Scott Brash won the team bronze, but fell down from his individual silver position to now sit 13th on the individual standing. The 25 best horse-and-rider combinations move forward to Sunday's individual final.



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